Students use experiment to research the power of groups

Do groups have better collective memories than individuals when it comes to problem-solving? Two UNG students are running a series of experiments to find out.

Junior psychology majors Jacob Henze and Laura Rodes tested collective problem solving versus individual problem solving using a box of sand. The purpose of their research is to better understand how people utilized maps to solve real-world problems and determine the best route to take to reach a destination.

Henze and Rodes are testing a premise that participants, either individually or in groups, are able to find locations and interact better using three-dimensional maps than with a conventional two-dimensional map. That’s where the box of sand comes in.

The students presented their findings at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s 64th annual meeting March 6-9 in Charleston, South Carolina.

students Jacob Henze and Laura Rodes
Students Jacob Henze, left, and Laura Rodes tested collective memories of groups and individuals using a three-dimensional map.